3 Fired over Photos from Wildfire Cleanup


 The 3 men who posted the photos received some animated feedback from the people of Paradise.

By: Erick Sandoval

          News related to recent wildfires, California-based Bigge and Rigging Co, fired 3 men for posting inappropriate photos from the campfire last month. One photo showed a dead cat with a beer bottle in its mouth. In another, a man is jumping through a burned trampoline. And then there’s one where two men pretend to go for a drive in the remains of a motor home. The camp fire began November 8 and burned through more than 153,000 acres in Butte County, killing at least 86 people and destroying almost 14,000 structures. It was contained November 25 after becoming the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.

          The 3 men who posted the photos received some animated feedback from the people of Paradise. The town of Paradise posted the photos Saturday saying it was “unacceptable and reprehensible behavior.” Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. identified one of the former employees by name in a Facebook post of their own Saturday, but did not identify the two others. The company posted a statement, “Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. regrets the insensitive and reprehensible actions of Mr. Rob Freestone. Mr. Freestone has been removed from the Campfire recovery effort and we are working with International Union of Operating Engineers regarding his actions. Bigge fully supports Paradise and all of Butte County in the effort to recover from the fires and we will continue to do so.”

          Cal Fire, the state’s forestry and fire protection agency, has said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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